July 2022

1 July

VIO 2-year-old girl shot in the neck as family fleed raid by the junta forces. 

ECN The junta hosted a press conference to discuss Myanmar’s economic situation (fuel shortages, etc.) and the spokesperson Zaw Min Tun sent shockwaves when he said that negotiating with ASSK was “not impossible.”


2 July

INT Delegations from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam arrived in Bagan to attend the 7th Lancang – Mekong Cooperation Meeting (25 July). They were welcomed by several SAC officials. At the event, ASEAN Special Envoy Prak Sokhonn had a bilateral meeting with China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. Yi also met with his SAC counterpart exchanging views on several matters including the strengthening of ties between the 2 countries.

VIO Locals claimed that a militia operating under the Pa-O National Organisation has been forcibly recruiting members from villages across multiple southern Shan State townships to fight against anti-junta resistance groups. 


3 July

INT MAH and his military leaders have been prosecuted in Argentina and Turkey, and will be prosecuted in other countries, said Kyaw Win from Burma Human Rights Network. 

VIO Clashes: in Mon State (8 soldiers killed and 5 injured in landmine attack on regime convoy). / KNU seized 5 junta bases in KNU’s Nyaunglebin district, Bago Region.


4 July

INT New Zealand withdrew from an ASEAN counter-terrorism meeting co-chaired by Myanmar and Russia planned for 20-21 July. 

INT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Bagan on 2 July and co-chaired the 7th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ meeting on 4 July. He urged all political parties in Myanmar to prioritize the big picture and the interests of the people, and take rational and pragmatic efforts so as to restore stability and achieve peace. On the other hand, Beijing reaffirmed its continued support for Myanmar’s military regime and vowed to protect its neighbour and its legitimate interests.

INT Moscow sent several trainers and technicians to assist the Myanmar Air Force, including 6 new Su-30 jet fighters. Russian personel will stay in Myanmar until the warranty period is over.

VIO Clashes: Shan State (40 regime soldiers and 11 PDF members were killed) and in Karen State (6 AA soldiers were killed when the junta aircraft bombed an outpost of the Rakhine armed group located in an area controlled by its ally). / 2 NLD members, Pan Myint and Ko Ko Maung, who were detained by the regime last week alongside lawmaker Kyaw Myo Min, were found dead with signs of torture after detention.


5 July

POL The Myanmar Navy of Myanmar conducted a joint naval and air exercises named Sea Shield-2022 on 1-5 July with the participation of 2 submarines (Minye Theinkhathu and Minye Kyaw Htin) from the Tatmadaw off the coast of Rakhine State.

VIO Clashes: in Kayin State (6 AA fighters were killed by junta airstrikes and a clinic and garment factory were destroyed); in Bago Region (40 000 IDPs were displaced by military shelling and airstrikes)

INT VIO India’s Manipur temporarily closed the country’s border with Myanmar after 2 Indian nationals were killed in Sagaing Region. This was the 1st time foreigners were killed since the coup.The following day, Indian protestors set fire to a police outpost on the Myanmar side of the border. Chief Minister of Indian Manipur called for “justice for the victims”. On 8 July the Tamu PDF in Sagaing Region named 2 pro-junta militia members who allegedly killed the 2 Indian men.

INT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Bagan on 2 July and co-chaired the 7th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ meeting on 4 July. He urged all political parties in Myanmar to prioritize the big picture and the interests of the people, and take rational and pragmatic efforts so as to restore stability and achieve peace. On the other hand, Beijing reaffirmed its continued support for Myanmar’s military regime and vowed to protect its neighbour and its legitimate interests.


6 July

POL After several weeks the junta’s peace talks resumed with a 10th delegation from the Lahu Democratic Union arriving in Naypyitaw. 

VIO 5 000 residents from over 10 villages in Sagaing Region have been forced to flee their homes after the Myanmar military airlifted reinforcements into the area.


8 July

VIO Clashes: in Magwe Region (2 000 IDPs were displaced by Myanmar Regime's Arson Attacks in Magwe as the junta´s forces raided and burned down 2 villages).


9 July

POL The NLD released a statement saying it will not accept the junta’s upcoming sham election next year.


10 July

EXM The junta government installed Chinese-built cameras with facial recognition capabilities in several cities.

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (35 junta troops, including a major, were killed).

INT The Thai government demanded compensation from the junta over the intrusion into Thai air space on 30 June.

INT The junta delegation, led by MAH and Air Force Chief Tun Aung, was welcomed at the Moscow airport by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Vasilievich Fomin. MAH held separate meetings with Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation (and signed an MoU), Russian Federal Space Agency (aka Roscosmos), Tatneft oil company, and the Ministry of Defence. The topics discussed in the meetings include the enhancement of cooperation in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical, agricultural, livestock, industrial, and food sectors through the use of nuclear energy, and collaboration between the 2 countries in military technology. 


11 July

VIO The house of MAH’s sister in Mayangone Township in Yangon Region was bombed. The Federal Liberation Army and the Union of Myanmar Civil Defense, two resistance groups, claimed responsibility for the attack.  


12 July

INT 448 local and international organizations are calling on South Korea to boycott the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Experts’ Working Group (ADMM-Plus EWG) on Counter-Terrorism, which is co-chaired by Russia and Myanmar and is scheduled for 20-21 July in Moscow. Australia and NZ withdrew from the meeting.

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (40 civilians were used as human shields by the junta while troops defused a remote-controlled bomb laid by the PDF). 


13 July

INT The head of the British embassy in Myanmar, Pete Vowles, tweeted that his time in Myanmar has come to an “abrupt end” - he was forced by the junta to leave.

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (40 soldiers were killed during 3 days of heavy fighting).


14 July

INT The junta delegation in Russia met with Russian lackey, the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, as well as with the Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov. The Governor expressed gratitude for Myanmar’s visa exemption for Russian citizens, and they discussed opening the Myanmar Consulate in Saint Petersburg. 

POL The Shan State Progress Party met with a junta delegation in Shan State.

POL The regime’s Commerce Ministry held a meeting to discuss buying 1 000 tonnes of rice with public funds and delivering it to the Sri Lankan people as humanitarian aid.

ECN The Central Bank of Myanmar ordered companies to suspend repayment of foreign loans.

INT Statement on the VTC meeting between the acting President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (junta forced over 10 000 people from a dozen villages to flee their homes).


15 July

INT ECN Illegal rare earth mining controlled by a militia sponsored by the Myanmar military has increased by at least 5 times in Kachin State in areas along the border with China, while there has been a rapid influx of Chinese workers. 

ECN POL The price of pharmaceuticals has increased by 5 to 10 percent and some medicines are out of stock because of the red tape being applied in the application procedure for import permits. 

ECN The NUG Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Investment announced they would sell another estate of the MAH


16 July

VIO Clashes: in Kachin State (25 soldiers were killed as fighting intensifies between KIA and the junta). / The junta was blocking humanitarian organisations from accessing northern parts of Rakhine State.


18 July

VIO Clashes: in Maungdaw (14 border guard police were captured and 6 AA fighters were killed) and in Bago (2 600 people were displaced on 15-18 July). / The AA ambush in Rakhine’s Maungdaw Township (a response to sporadic skirmishes and the killing on July 6 of six AA soldiers in an aerial bombing in Kayin State) sparked frantic Tatmadaw troop deployments. In the ambush AA said it killed 20 junta troops.


19 July

CDM People across Myanmar celebrated Martyrs’ Day (which marks the anniversary of the assassination of General Aung San) - protests were dispersed within a short time to avoid confrontations with security forces.

CDM Saw Nerdah Bo Mya, the former commander of the Karen National Defence Organization (KNDO, one of the KNU’s 2 armed wings) formed the Kawthoolei Army, a new Karen armed group (composed of former KNDO/DKBA-5 fighters and PDF members).

VIO Clashes: in Kachin State (50 soldiers were killed and 2 jets and a helicopter conducted 20 attacks over several hours); in Monywa (6 junta troops were killed), and in Rakin State (20 junta security personnel were killed).


20 July

INT ECN Ooredoo (a telecommunications company in Myanmar), plans to sell its operation and leave the country.

INT ASEAN special envoy planed 3rd trip to Myanmar; hoped to use Aung San Suu Kyi’s influence to end violence.

VIO Clashes: in Magway Region (33 soldiers were killed). / The military regime started arresting villagers in Rakhine State, after it suffered casualties in a clash with the EAO and the AA there. / 50 regime soldiers are currently stationed in a Catholic church in the southern Shan State to protect themselves. 

EXM The junta cut off internet and telecommunication services in Gangaw Township in Magway Region. 


21 July

VIO 12 villagers found dead/massacred in Sagaing Region.


22 July

POL Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeyar Thaw were permitted to virtually meet their families for the 1st time since their arrests. The families were also allowed to give a small amount of food via prison authorities.


24 July

CDM People protested in Japan after the Japanese government invited the junta to the funeral of Shinzo Abe on 27 September.


25 July

VIO 4 democracy activists (Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw) were sentenced to death (from 3 June) in a closed-door trial by the military in what is believed to be the 1st use of capital punishment in decades./ Family members had spoken to them (online) on 21 July but had no idea it was the last time. Thebodies were cremated the same day the executions were carried out and despite repeated pleas from the families the junta has not returned the ashes to them. / Lt-Gen Soe Htut, the junta’s minister for home affairs and a key ally of Myanmar junta leader personally supervised the hangings of 4 men. 

INT International responses: Statements of condemnation have rolled in from governments and organisations around the world: the US, France, Germany, Czechia, UN, UNSC, G7, ASEAN, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and a joint statement from the EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, and the UK.

POL Responses within Myanmar: The AA, Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF), and the People's Party  released a condeming statement in response to the executions. The coalition of the AA, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army also put out a joint statement. The Yangon Region Military Command under the NUG vowed to avenge their deaths and some urban guerilla groups have already taken matters into their own hands. 

CDM In Yangon, a group of activists also protested against the executions. Uniformed police and soldiers were stopping random pedestrians and checking phones. On Facebook, many changed their profile picture to black or red as a form of protest. Protests broke out also inside the Insein Prison

POL Also hundreds of pro-army protesters gathered in Yangon in a show of support for the Myanmar regime’s recent executions.

ECN The military reversed its position on accepting Thai baht and Chinese yuan for settling border trade transactions and ordered that the trade be carried out with US dollars at the official exchange rate set by the junta-controlled Central Bank of Myanmar, which forced local exporters to stop the border trade with Thailand and China.

ECN The NUG Ministry of Planning, Finance and Investment announced that they have received 8.5 million USD from the ongoing sale of MAH’s house with over 85% of shares having been sold. The house is priced at 10 million USD with shares being on sale by NUG since 5 May 2022.

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (villagers discovered 5 bodies, one day after 100 junta soldiers left the village, in which they detained 20 villagers; the PDF killed 15 soldiers and damaged Tatmadaw boats). 


26 July

VIO Myanmar’s military regime has detained 8 residents in Rakhine State, after the AA abducted the town’s police chief on 24 July.


27 July

VIO POL 50 people armed with knives and sticks visited Phyo Zeya Thaw’s and Ko Jimmy’s parents' home, throwing stones, eggs, and other materials at the house. 

VIO POL Political prisoners facing the death penalty inside Yangon’s Insein Prison have been separated from the rest of the prison population. Currently 117 people are facing the death penalty.

VIO A PDF camp in Sagaing Region was seized and burned down after the Myanmar military launched airstrikes and raided the camp.


28 July

POL The NUG, the CRPH, along with the KNU, Karenni National Progressive Party, Chin National Front, All Burma Students Democratic Front, and the NLD vowed in a joint statement to fight the regime on all fronts and by all means.

VIO 20 Myanmar junta personnel have been killed by PDFs nationwide in retaliation for the military regime’s execution of 4 activists on 25 July. / The junta detained more than 70 people in Kalay in Sagaing Region.


30 July

INT Malaysia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Saifuddin Abudullah accused the SAC of “monopolizing, politicizing, and weaponizing humanitarian aid”. He said that Malaysia would “oppose any election held by the SAC and that the ASEAN should do the same”. 

POL The SAC convened the National Defence and Security Council to extend the State of Emergency for 6 more months.

VIO Clashes: in Karen State (80 junta soldiers were killed). / 6 PDF members from Mandalay Region were sentenced to death. / A Japanese filmmaker, Toru Kubota, has been detained after he attended a protest in Yangon, as the latest foreigner


31 July

INT NUG foreign minister Daw Zin Mar Aung asked the UNSC to send troops and weapons using the R2P principle to stop the regime killing more civilians. 

ECN INT The NUG’s Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Investment (MoPFI) released a list of 8 companies from China and Singapore currently investing in Myanmar with the junta and reiterated its call for companies to suspend their active investment projects unconditionally.

VIO Clashes: in Karen State (188 villagers crossed into Thailand to escape the fighting).

INT The NUG announced the official opening of a representative office in Japan. The opening ceremony was attended by MPs. 

CDM Oath-taking ceremonies pledging allegiance to the resistance took plce across the country. / Yangon residents banged pots and pans and sounded vehicle horns as a part of a public pledge to defeat the dictatorship.

CDM INT A fundraising event for the revolution in Malaysia’s Selangor State was attended by thousands of Myanmar people.